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The Dead or Alive? website is offering a $10 "per head" reward for any name included on its "People Alive Over 85" page whose status dead or alive has been out of date for more than three days. (Click here to view the current roster of people alive over 85 as compiled by the Dead or Alive? website and click here for details regarding its $10 reward offer.) If you would like to be the first person to win $300, below are thirty individuals the site claims are alive who are actually deceased and have been for far longer than three days.

Albanian leader Ramiz Alia (died 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actor R. G. Armstrong (died 2012)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Choreographer Gerald Arpino (died 2008)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actress Patricia Blair (died 2013)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

► Heart surgeon Denton Cooley (died 2016)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Turkish leader Süleyman Demirel (died 2015)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actress Joan Fontaine (died 2013)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Humorist Stan Freberg (died 2015)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Singer Eydie Gormé (died 2013)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Actor Craig Hill (died 2014)
     (Click here for his Hollywood Reporter obituary)

Actor John Kerr (died 2013)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Singer Julius LaRosa (died 2016)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actor Tom Laughlin (died 2013)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

South African general Magnus Malan (died 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actor Martin Milner (died 2015)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

"Mother of Islam" Ruby Muhammad (died 2011)
     (Click here for her official website)

► Writer Agnes Nixon (died 2016)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Actress Maureen O'Hara (died 2015)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Singer Ray Price (died 2013)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Writer Ruth Rendell (died 2015)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Actress Ann Rutherford (died 2012)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Politician Richard Schweiker (died 2015)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Baseball player Duke Snider (died 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actor G. D. Spradlin (died 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Politician Ted Stevens (died 2010)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Diplomat Malcolm Toon (died 2009)
     (Click
here for his listing on the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Historian website)

German president Richard von Weizsäcker (died 2015)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Pianist Roger Williams (died 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Cartoonist Tom Wilson (died 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Producer David L. Wolper (died 2010)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Somebody is definitely monitoring and updating the listings on the "People Alive Over 85" page. Most individuals are deleted from the page soon after they pass away and new people turning 85 are occasionally added. One has to wonder, therefore, why so many outdated listings – especially those of internationally acclaimed celebrities such as Joan Fontaine and Maureen O'Hara – are kept on. The heading of the "People Alive Over 85" page reads, "Yes, despite some skeptical emails received, all of the following people really are alive...yes, really." And yet, a quick Google search shows they're really not.

The "Instructions" page of the Dead or Alive? website contains the following blurb: "Keep in mind that in the last four years only one mistake has been discovered in the status of an individual listed on the site. That's the single most important and accurate piece of information included and the site is proud of that record. In the case referred to, the individual had died in obscurity and the news had not been widely disseminated."

I feel the veracity of the above statement is utterly meaningless, considering not just one, but at least thirty of the listings on the site are wrong. As a webmaster myself, I've certainly experienced my share of mistakes, but I make a point to update my site as soon as I become aware of them.

Be forewarned that if you contact the Dead or Alive? site regarding the above-mentioned errors, your e-mail will be ignored. If by some inexplicable stroke of luck you are successful in collecting any part of the reward, please let me know. I'm not asking that you split it with me, however. Just the fact that you were able to get thru to the person or persons who monitor the site will be reward enough for me!

Walter Breitzke

Webmaster, Noted Nonagenarians and Centenarians

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Last modified: December 30, 2016